The Republican Town Committee has a candidate to challenge Mayor Scott Jackson this November.
Matt Corcoran, an attorney with offices in Wolcott, announced Thursday night that he will seek the town's top seat.
"I think we need an alternative view to what we have seen over the last two years," he said after the committee's monthly meeting at the Senior Center. "Every office holder should be challenged on their record and what they are doing."
Corcoran, 34, originally is from Milford and has lived in Hamden since 2005. He previously challenged several entrenched incumbents in runs for office, including State Rep. Brendan Sharkey in 2008 and State Sen. Martin Looney last year.
He graduated from Quinnipiac University's Law School and has practiced law for nine years, Corcoran said.
The town's biggest challenges include its budget and maintaining the quality of life residents want while living within those budget limitations, he said.
People have been moving out of Hamden, he said.
"All you see are 'For Sale' signs all over the place," he said, "and that's not a good thing at all."
So far Corcoran is the only potential Republican mayoral candidate. The Republican Town Committee will endorse candidates for all town offices at its caucus July 20 at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center, when committee chairman Lee Campo said he hopes to have candidates running in every office up for election this year.
The committee has some candidates lined up, Campo said, but is still looking for more to run for seats that include the Legislative Council and the Town Clerk.
"We want to fill every position," Campo said, and now with a name at the top of the ticket, he's hoping others will step forward to run.